From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt
A Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State, has lauded President Mohammadu Buhari over the recent appointment of the Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni as the leader of the newly constituted Caretaker cum Convention Planning Committee of the party.
Chief Eze who made the commendation in a statement made available to journalists in Port Harcourt, described the immediate past acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Victor Giadom, as a Hero of Nigeria’s nascent democracy.
According to Eze, Giadom made efforts to rescue the party from the downward slide and path of disintegration.
Eze described Giadom as a good Democrat, stressing that he displayed sterling leadership which according to him, brought back orderliness and harmony to the party.
The APC Chieftain recalled that the party was at the edge of destruction until the entrance of Chief Giadom, who he claimed “came into the scene and calmed the storm by frustrating the heinous plots to destabilize a party which party members have sacrificed their lives and blood to build”.
Chief Eze said “the Nigerians and the entire world are celebrating the peace that has been restored to the largest political party in Africa and that efforts are being made to reposition it for the greater challenges ahead, courtesy the forthrightness of this bold man from Rivers State who took the bull by the horn and courageously surmounted the challenge that nearly tore the party apart”.
He said with Chief Giadom officially handing over the affairs of the party to Gov. Mai Buni, all is set to hit the ground running for the project of rejigging the party and restoring her to the winning ways.
Eze maintained that Giadom remains a patriot whose courage, sacrifices and selflessness are worth reckoning.
Chief Eze said by Mr. President’s intervention and Chief Giadom’s courage, the APC is being recreated into the ideal political party we all laid our lives to build.
The party chief further hailed the appointment of the Yobe Governor Mai Mala Buni and described it “as the tonic required at this period to recreate the APC as a part of our dream”.
Counting on the competence of Mai Buni, Eze said “With his wealth of experience as a two time Secretary of the APC before his election as the Yobe State Governor, I am convinced that Mr. Buni is in a common and familiar terrain that repositioning the party will not be a difficult task”.
He said With the calibre of people in the Committee to assist Gov. Buni pilot the affairs of the party for the next six months, APC will surely regain her place as the most acceptable political party in Nigeria.
The APC chieftain advised the Buni-led CTC to kick off her programs by visiting all the key actors and stakeholders of the party with the aim of finding a lasting solution to the lingering crisis ravaging the party.
“The CTC should liaise with the Chief Bisi Akande led Reconciliation Committee to know the position of the crisis facing most of the State Chapters of the party with a view to finding a way of building an egalitarian, vibrant, an ideological based political party that will usher in a great and focused Nigeria”.
The APC commended Senator Bola Tinubu, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and former members of the National Working Committee of the party for accepting to respect the stand of President Buhari for the reorganization and repositioning of the party .
Eze urged Nigerians to have faith in the present leadership to recreate the party in order to serve Nigerians better and take her to her anticipated pride of place for the good of all.
Other members of the committee are: Osun State Governor, Isiaka Oyetola (SW), Senator Ken Nnamani (SE), Mrs. Stella Okorete (Women Rep), Niger State Governor, Alhaji Abubakar Sani Bello (NC), Dr. James Lalu (Physically Challenged), Sen. Abubakar Yusuf (Senatè Rep) and Hon. Akinyemi Olaide (Reps).
Others are Mr. David Lyon (SS), Abba Ari (NW), Prof. Tahir Mamman (NE), Ismail Ahmed (Youth) and Sen. Akpan Udoedehe (Secretary).